ON-Lion Letter
Sixty-eight percent of African-Americans in the U.S. either completely or somewhat favor providing low-income families with vouchers that would allow them to send their children to private schools, according to a new national survey by Education Next magazine and the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG).  Sixty-one percent of Hispanics favor the option.

Only 15% of African-Americans and 23% of Hispanics oppose the idea.  Overall, 45% of all Americans support vouchers; 35% oppose them.

Eighty-five percent of all respondents, and 91% of African-Americans, think voucher programs should include both religious and nonreligious private schools.

The comprehensive, nationally representative survey was co-directed by William G. Howell of The University of ChicagoMartin R. West of Brown University, and Paul E. Peterson of Harvard University's PEPG.  It was conducted by Knowledge Works.

All of the survey's results will appear in the forthcoming, Fall 2007 edition of Education Next.  The journal is published, with substantial support from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, by the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.

PEPG, some work of which has also been supported by Bradley, is part of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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